Réunion Island is billed as South Africa's hottest destinations. Picture: Serge Gelabert.

Réunion Island offers an island escape like no other. For those who enjoy the balmy beaches of Zanzibar and Mauritius will appreciate the mix of culture, history and beaches of Réunion. A flight from Johannesburg to St Denis is the quickest way to get you to Réunion The destination offers much more than just its stunning beaches. Its most iconic landmark is Piton de la Fournaise, a climbable active volcano standing 2,632m (8,635 ft.). Travellers can stroll through its markets, marvel at the Parisian architecture and sample French cuisine in St Denis.

According to the  Réunion Tourism website, the island is a melting pot of cultures from Africa, Madagascar, Asia and Europe.

“Here, the difference is a source of richness and creates an astonishing cultural diversity, which is expressed in the island's architecture, dance and cuisine,” it said.

Thinking of visiting? An average 7-night package can start from R16 000 (3-star) to R27 000 (5-star).